Enjoying Music 2013-2014

In September 2013 we listened to music by Mendelssohn:- The Hebrides Overture, Symphony No4 and The Octet.

The October music evening was an adventure in exploring some African music and also some 'black' American or 'African-American' music. We were able to trace some connections between these. Several members brought CDs. We heard music from West Africa, East Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, various pats of the United States and Britain! The consensus was that we learned quite a lot. We also opened up a great number of questions!

The November 2013 musical evening was devoted to Mozart. We opened with 'Ave Verum Corpus', then The Flute Concerto in G Major, some free-standing songs (Lieder) and the Prague Symphony.

The January evening was great fun. Members contributed and introduced a favourite CD. We had a great range of music ranging from Haydn to Mozart via Bob Dylan, Satie, chansons, Annie Lennox, Joan Baez, Acker Bilk and many, many more. Much nostalgia and discussion was also enjoyed.

February was a Brahms evening. We enjoyed a fairly full programme with extracts from Serenade No2, German Requiem, Alto Rhapsody (complete in this case), Hungarian Dances. These gave us some idea of the breadth and scope of Brahms' work and we considered some of his influences. Then we listened to the Piano Concero No 2.

March was an evening about film music.

In April we watched Ken Russell's film 'Elgar' and listened to the Cello Concerto played by Jacqueline du Pre.

May's meeting will be on Wednesday 28th. As the DVD on Elgar was popular we shall show another film, this time a feature-length one, on Mahler

At the June meeting 'Bring your own piece of jazz', we enjoyed a lovely varied jazz programme reflecting our different interests.